Apr. 13th, 2007

You must watch "Raines", Jeff Goldblum's new turn as a homicide detective. It's SO good. The writing is excellent. It's sharp, and intelligent. I feel as though I'm watching the very best kind of theatre, every time I see an episode. It has a film-noirish quality to the story-telling, but the cinematography is full of bright, sun-filled exteriors. Jeff Goldblum is superb, and his trademark wry humour is on full display, along with a surprising sensitivity and gravitas.

His character is fascinating, intelligent and thoughtful, and just a little bit crazy. It's a fine line between madness and genius, after all. Not exactly an original thought, but exceptionally displayed here. And the mystery is not only in the search for the killers. When Raines sees and interacts with the murdered victims from his homicide cases, it's never clear whether he's actually seeing the ghosts, or pulling them wholesale out of his imagination. He believes the latter, and attributes it to his writer's imagination. But really, the viewer is left unsure as to whether or not that's true.

All of the secondary characters are diverse and awesome, as are the witnesses and suspects. It has been a LONG time since I've been this excited about a new show. I still love and adore "Supernatural" and "Stargate: Atlantis", for obvious reasons. *g* But this is a true writer's show.

So. Highly recommended. Please, do yourselves a favour. Give it a try.



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